Business is the asset of every businessman and businesswoman, and the assets of the business are the fixed assets and inventory. At the start of the business studies, most students are confused about fixed assets and inventories.

In actual business, there are clear differences in both of the terminologies.  Here are the definitions and the differences between the inventories and fixed assets.

Fixed Assets

Assets have two big types in the business world, fixed assets, and current assets. Fixed assets are assets that cannot easily convert into cash.  It is used for more than more years.

Fixed assets can be tangible and intangible. Fixed tangible assets are those assets that are touchable and seeable easily like building, furniture, etc. The non-tangible fixed assets are those which cannot be touched like brand and trademark.

Fixed assets can also be defined as those assets which can and cannot work in the day to day business activates.  The items included in the fixed assets are buildings, machines, cars and trucks, furniture etc.


Inventory is also called stock which holds in business to sale in the one year period. Inventory is the current asset because it is expected to convert into cash within a year.

There is a different type of Inventories in different business. The raw material is the inventory of the manufacturing company.  Work in progress is also included in the inventory.

Finished goods that are in stock and different components purchased for supplies are the parts of inventory or it is itself the inventories. Too little inventory is also not good because you will lose the profit when demand is so high, and you don’t have inventory or stock.

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Inventory targets the profits of the company, the higher the inventory, the higher will be the profit. Inventory can manage the cash flow too because it is easily converted into cash.

Fixed assets Vs Inventories

There are few comparisons which differentiate inventories and fixed assets.

  • Period of Time

Fixed assets are for a long period of time while inventory is for a short period of time. Because keeping inventory for a long period of time is risky and not profitable.

  • Items and Types of fixed assists and inventories

Fixed Assets and inventories have different items and types. Fixed assets are tangible and non-tangible assets which can be touched or untouched like machinery, cars, trucks, buildings, name of brand and trademark, etc. while inventories are totally different. Inventories are the goods which are in stock ready for sale and it can be a raw material, or the supplies used for goods.

  • Risk Factor

Risk is an important factor in business. Risk is always increasing when keeping inventory for a long period of time or more than one year. Because it is important to sell out all the stock in the years and make new and fresh inventories. Hence, fixed assets are not profitable when it is kept for less than a year. Fixed assets like building, machinery mostly used for the whole life of the same business.

  • Depreciation

Depreciation is the most important part of the fixed assets. Fixed assets are depreciated on annual basis. The cost of deprecation is also calculated in every business. Buildings, machinery, cars, and other fixed assets except land are depreciated annually.  Hence, inventory is not depreciated, and it also not have any depreciation cost.

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